Today in History

  • Friday, November 29, 2013 10:18am
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Today is Sunday, Dec. 1, the 335th day of 2013. There are 30 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Dec. 1, 1955, Rosa Parks, a black seamstress, refused to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery, Ala., city bus. Mrs. Parks was arrested, sparking a year-long boycott of the buses by blacks.

On this date:

In 1824, the presidential election was turned over to the U.S. House of Representatives when a deadlock developed between John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson, William H. Crawford and Henry Clay. (Adams ended up the winner.)

In 1860, the Charles Dickens novel “Great Expectations” was first published in weekly serial form.

In 1913, the first drive-in automobile service station, built by Gulf Refining Company, opened in Pittsburgh.

In 1941, Japan’s Emperor Hirohito approved waging war against the United States, Britain and the Netherlands.

In 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin concluded their Tehran conference.

In 1958, the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “Flower Drum Song” opened on Broadway.

In 1969, the U.S. government held its first draft lottery since World War II.

In 1973, David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister, died in Tel Aviv at age 87.

In 1989, in an extraordinary encounter, Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev met with Pope John Paul II at the Vatican.

In 1992, in Mineola, N.Y., Amy Fisher was sentenced to 5 to 15 years in prison for shooting and seriously wounding Mary Jo Buttafuoco. (Fisher served seven years.)

In 2000, Vicente (vih-SEN’-tay) Fox was sworn in as president of Mexico, ending 71 years of ruling-party domination.

Ten years ago: Boeing Company chairman and chief executive Phil Condit resigned unexpectedly.

Today’s Birthdays

Former CIA director Stansfield Turner is 90. Singer Billy Paul is 79. Actor-director Woody Allen is 78. World Golf Hall of Famer Lee Trevino is 74. Singer Dianne Lennon (The Lennon Sisters) is 74. Country musician Casey Van Beek (The Tractors) is 71. Television producer David Salzman is 70. Rock singer-musician Eric Bloom (Blue Oyster Cult) is 69. Rock musician John Densmore (The Doors) is 69. Actress-singer Bette Midler is 68. Singer Gilbert O’Sullivan is 67. Actor Treat Williams is 62. Country singer Kim Richey is 57. Actress Charlene Tilton is 55. Actress-model Carol Alt is 53. Actor Jeremy Northam is 52. Actress Katherine LaNasa is 47. Producer-director Andrew Adamson is 47. Actor Nestor Carbonell is 46. Actress Golden Brooks is 43. Actress-comedian Sarah Silverman is 43. Actor Ron Melendez is 41. Contemporary Christian singer Bart Millard (MIL’-urd) is 41. Actor-writer-producer David Hornsby is 38. Singer Sarah Masen is 38. Rock musician Brad Delson (Linkin Park) is 36. Actor Nate Torrence is 36. Rock/Christian music singer-songwriter Mat Kearney is 35. Rock musician Mika Fineo (Filter) is 32. R&B singer Janelle Monae is 28. Actress Ashley Monique Clark is 25. Actor Jackson Nicoll is 10.

Thought for Today

“Life begins when a person first realizes how soon it will end.” — Marcelene Cox, American writer.

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